The New Forest National Park warmly welcomes dogs and offers miles of woodland and heathland trails perfect for walking holidays with your furry friend. The National Park contains a wealth of pet friendly accommodation welcoming not just dogs but also horses and ponies. The New Forest is renowned as one of the country’s top spots for bridleways and horse riding holidays. You’ll find a variety of pet friendly accommodation across the New Forest’s interior and the coast, including a great choice of pet friendly holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
There is variety in the choice of dog friendly walks in the National Park too. Head off with Rover on great woodland walks, a favourite with dog owners as the woodlands of the park rarely have grazing New Forest ponies. There are miles of open heathland to explore with your four legged friend too, and beautiful lakeside and coastal walks. On the coast beaches such as Milford-on-Sea welcome dogs all year round.
The New Forest National Park website has a wealth of information on the Forest’s dog walking code, keeping your dog safe and various seasonal restrictions. It’s also well worth browsing the Forestry Commission’s website to check which car parks near popular dog walks are closed during low season. Many B&Bs, hotels and cottages welcome dogs for free, whilst others will apply a small additional charge for both dogs and horses. Check each individual establishment for their own dog stay guidelines and find your perfect dog friendly accommodation in the New Forest online now.
Pet friendly bed and breakfast accommodation is available across the New Forest. Stay in a dog friendly B&B in the heart of the National Park in Lyndhurst and have easy access to a huge choice of walks direct from your B&B door and dog friendly attractions like the New Forest Centre. In the south of the Park you’ll find dog friendly B&Bs in Sway ideal for exploring the coast and National Park interior with your pet. Many B&B owners have dogs themselves and offer all those convenient dog friendly extras such as enclosed gardens, wash off areas ideal after muddy walks and extras such as dog blankets and treats. A good choice of dog friendly guest houses also cluster around the National Park border, and many sit alongside bridleways and feature onsite stabling and paddock facilities for horses.
A variety of hotels in the New Forest welcome dogs from luxury cottage lodge hotels to quality budget chains like Travelodge. In the interior of the National Park you’ll find an excellent choice of hotels welcoming well behaved dogs around Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, and on the coast around Milford and Lymington. Some hotels have just one dog friendly suite, whilst others will have several pet friendly rooms and welcome dogs in public areas. Check each individual property regarding dog access guidelines.
The most popular dog friendly accommodation and the most prevalent across the New Forest are pet friendly cottages. Many welcome more than one dog and go that extra mile to ensure a comfortable stay for you and your pet, providing extras such as dog treats on arrival. Cottages are real ‘home from homes’ for your pet, featuring great dog friendly facilities such as enclosed gardens. Most properties from townhouses in Lymington to cosy thatched cottages around Brockenhurst welcome well behaved pets free of charge. Short breaks are usually available off peak too – perfect for a dog friendly weekend walking break in the National Park.
Several long-distance walking trails run through the National Park and along the New Forest coast, perfect for dog walking, and you can make your trail walks as gentle or as challenging as you wish. New Forest trails are great for active dogs and these include the 60 mile long Solent Way running along the coast from Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Harbour. A third of this scenic trail runs through the New Forest National Park. The Castleman Trail begins just outside of Ringwood and runs to Upton Country Park in Poole. The trail follows the line of the old Southampton to Dorchester Railway called ‘Castleman’s Corkscrew’. The popular Avon Valley Path runs along the western side of the New Forest for 34 miles from Wiltshire, following the path of the Dorset and Hampshire border towards Christchurch.
Many popular attractions in the New Forest welcome well behaved dogs on leads including the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway near Beaulieu is dog friendly, welcoming four legged furry friends in the Gardens and on the Steam Railway when kept on leads. The Gardens here have miles of pretty pathways perfect for gentle strolls with dogs. Beaulieu also welcomes dogs on leads in its extensive grounds, but not inside museums, the Abbey, Palace House and restaurants. A special dog area is situated at the entrance of the Motor Museum where you can leave your dog whilst you tour the museum. Dogs go free on the Hythe Ferry service to the Isle of Wight situated on the eastern edge of the New Forest National Park – perfect for doggy day trips. Hurst Castle ferries near Lymington welcomes friendly dogs on leads and makes the perfect day trip with your pet. Dogs are also permitted in The New Forest Reptile Centre near Lyndhurst. At Liberty’s Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre in Ringwood they provide a small number of free dog kennels where you can leave your pet whilst you tour the attraction.
The New Forest has several friendly, fully insured dog boarding kennels offering a day care service, perfect if you’re holidaying in the area and looking to spend the odd day in a Forest attraction which does not welcome pets. You’ll find them across the National Park from Burley to Lymington. Many are members with the National Association of Registered Petsitters.